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In Reply To Rich Upton Who Wrote:
>Our patron saint of armor, Jacques Littlefield, has a standing
>invitation for us to do paintball combat on his property. BTW, he has
>about 180 combat vehicles and 300 acres. You might have heard of him.
>We do a field trip once a year during the Battle Day weekend.
Hmmmm. Sounds like a potential site for R/C Tank Combat World War-I, a
week-long, 24 hr/day slugfest with hundreds of tanks and vehicles
engaged in skirmishes, battles and skull-duggery across a vast
battlefield. A battle so large that nobody can see it all at one time.
Naturally, we'll have to wait until more than two tanks exist in the
>Since we have a lot of 1/6 coming over from Russia and from Dave
>Spring, not to mention the 21st Century Toys vehicles, that we would
>most likely go that route and damn the 3' size requirement.
Rich, I think that you joined the list right after I sent out a message
proposing that we allow 1/6 scale vehicles for that very reason. The 3
foot rule was originally picked so that both large and small tanks could
be battled without either one having an advantage. We also wanted to
make the vehicles large enough to hold the batteries, CO2 power and guns
needed to battle for an hour or two.
But, we definitely want to take advantage of the increasing commercial
supply of 1/6 vehicles and parts, so we'll simply adjust the rules to
compensate accordingly. I proposed that we retain the 3 foot rule as an
"option" for people building tanks that are larger than 3 feet in 1/6
scale. In such cases, as long as the tank is at least 3 feet long it
would be legal. That would increase the range of tanks that can be
built and still be effectively battled.
We're also interested in using multiple calibers, provided that it
doesn't make things too complicated on the battlefield. Clearly, the
splats have to be big enough to be seen from a distance. I think the
difference between 40cal and 68cal splats are readily apparent, but I
haven't seen the really small caliber splats, so I don't know if they'll
be practical in a battle where battlers will be watching their vehicles
from 40-60 feet away most of the time.
The big benefit of two calibers is that the heavy tanks can have a
firepower advantage over a light tank, while the light tank will have a
size advantage (and possibly a speed advantage) over the heavy tank.
That keeps the game balanced, while allowing even more types of tanks to
But, the most important question is: What tank are you going to battle?